2017 Summer Theatre Workshops

Registration for summer workshops is NOW OPEN!

June Workshops

Disney’s Aladdin KIDS
June 19-23
Ages 6-12

Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her.  Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. This workshop is perfect for a great intro to musical theatre! Taught by Debbie Deverich -$200 (includes $25 costume rental).

Minotaur
June 19-23
Ages 13-18

Originally co-produced by Young People’s Theatre, Canada, and Polka Theatre, UK, in 2014. Freddie receives a mysterious text from his dad, a soldier fighting in a faraway war. He is in trouble and only his son can help. Transported to the twisting, turning labyrinth of ancient Minos, Freddie must travel through time to fulfill his destiny. Can he slay the half-bull, half-man Minotaur and rescue his father? Play by Kevin Dyer. Directed by Natalia Borja -$175.

Out of This Universe (Steven Universe, That Is!)
June 26-30
Ages 8-14

Join us for a fantastic week of art + theatre as we pay tribute to the popular cartoon, Steven Universe! Create your own comic story on paper about an adventure with the Gems in Beach City, then bring it to life onstage! Students will work together to create the story ideas, cartoons, props, costumes and more! Have a budding cartoonist or actor in your family? This is a perfect opportunity to let them shine. Directed by Wendy McIntyre -$175.

July Workshops

Digging Up The Boys
July 10-14
Ages 13-18

This award-winning play will provide a great opportunity to strengthen dramatic acting skills this summer. The mine where Floyd, Paul, and Jack work is old, nearly picked clean and about to be closed, when part of it collapses, trapping them. The women left above race to the foreman, only to receive the company line: Go home and pray. We'll handle it. Though the men are seen as "no-counts" in a class-conscious South, to Addie, May, and Ruth they are beloved fathers, husbands, and brothers. Those above and below are left to whistle in the dark, desperate for a miracle -- but the mine holds a terrible secret that will change their lives forever. Play by Laura Lundgren Smith.  Directed by Angi Burns -$175.

Theatre Art + Design Workshop
July 10-14
Ages 11-17

Students work with art and theatre professionals to design and make costumes, character props, puppets and set pieces for upcoming productions. These crafted elements help young actors visualize the imagined world of the play. Productions they will be working on include Once On This Island and Hairspray. Taught by Wendy McIntyre and Rachel Sullivan -$175.

Waking Sleeping Beauty
July 17-21
Ages 8-13

Everyone is invited to the party celebrating the birth of the new princess -- everyone, that is, except Mathilda, an oddball fairy notorious for her snorting laugh, mismatched socks, and terrible gifts. Sure enough, when she shows up anyway to present an enchanted spinning wheel, it turns out to be cursed, causing Princess Aurora to fall into an enchanted sleep until she's awakened by true love's kiss. Will Mathilda find the princess's true love, Prince Fauntleroy, in time to awaken her, or will the plans of his jealous brother Prince Balderdash prevail? Play by Ross Mihalko and Donna Swift. Directed by Angi Burns -$175.

Comedy & Improv Workshop (Friday Night Live!)
July 17-21
Ages 12-18

Ready to try some sketch comedy? Ready to start your own comedy YouTube channel? Give your creativity a workout in this fabulous comedy writing and improv workshop! One of our highlights from last summer, we've heard "PLEASE offer this again!" all year long!  Students write and develop their own comedy sketches and improv skits, then work towards a final performance for family and friends. Previous experience with improv or comedy preferred, but not necessary. Taught and directed by Alison Kingwell -$175.

Zink: the Myth, the Legend, the Zebra
July 24-28
Ages 9-14

Commissioned by First Stage Milwaukee, Zink is about true courage in the face of unpredictable predators. Imaginative, funny, and sad, it's the story of the relationship of Becky, a lonely pre-teen girl with leukemia, to her guardian-angel herd of zebras on the African savannah. The zebras range from street-smart Ice Z to grandfatherly Papa Zeke, effete Zilch to endearing Shlep, a furry green monkey sure he is actually a zebra. In Africa, Becky learns about Zink, a mythical polka-dotted zebra once an outcast but later a hero with the most courage and biggest heart. Becky's health worsens and she zaps back and forth between her real life and the zebra world until the shattering, breathtaking and uplifting climax. This is an amazing play for kids to be part of -- both funny and serious and a great opportunity to do something "different!" Written by Cherie Bennett (John Lennon and Me)  Directed by Natalia Borja -$175.

Theatre Art + Design Workshop
July 24-28
Ages 11-17

Students work with art and theatre professionals to design and make costumes, character props, puppets and set pieces for upcoming productions. These crafted elements help young actors visualize the imagined world of the play. Productions they will be working on include Once On This Island and Hairspray. Taught by Wendy McIntyre and Rachel Sullivan -$175.

August Workshops

Bedtime Stories (as Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)
July 31-Aug 4
Ages 6-13

A hilarious play — what a perfect way to end the summer! It's Dad's turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them. Play by Ed Monk.  Directed by Penny Chinn -$175.

Songwriting for Comedy & Improv
July 31-Aug 4
Ages 12-18

Ever find your kid hanging around writing song parodies to their favorite songs? Think maybe you have a future Weird Al in the making? Rachel Sullivan, resident creative songstress, will put challenge them for a week of parody songwriting and improv. She will teach them the basics of starting their very own parody – rhyming, meter and more! Then, everyone will have to work their songs into a comedy sketch and create a performance for friends and family! Taught by Rachel Sullivan -$175.

 

 

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